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‘Wings’ (1966): A Nuanced Character Study of a Woman’s Mid-Life Crisis

By Arun Kumar
Larisa Sheptiko’s second film Wings (Krylya, 1966) possesses the graceful blend of vicious realism and wistful lyricism, a tone that was preceded by the likes of Mikhail Kalatozov (Cranes are Flying) and followed by the likes of Aleksei German (Trial on the Road, My Friend Ivan Lapshin) and Andrey Konchalovsky (Siberiade).

Fritz Lang’s ‘Clash by Night’: The Beast Within

By Vivaan Shah
The erotic explosion that takes place between Mae and Earl in a kitchen on a tormented hung over morning is one of the most astonishing moments of the 50s. It’s way ahead of its time and more mind-blowing to me than Brando’s emotional explosion in Streetcar.

David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks Season 3’

By MK Raghavendra
David Lynch is a difficult film-maker to write about if one wants to make any kind of rational sense of his work. It is not too difficult reviewing his films since reviewing is usually appreciation that does not commit itself to decipherment, but I don’t believe there has been much writing from film scholars which tells you what his films might mean to the spectators for whom they are meant.

Satyajit Ray’s ‘Devi’: A potent work of cinematic art

By Prithvijeet Sinha
Devi is an eye-opening, sensuously potent, sometimes harrowing, and ever so unconventional film. It sidesteps mawkish sentimentality to conjure up the ways of the mind, hitting hard at our deepest fears. At a time when alleged ritual killings in Delhi and Kerala have claimed lives, it’s a potent work to understanding our contemporary pathology.

Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Pat Garett and Billy the Kid’: The times maybe a changin’, but not me…

By Vivaan Shah
The images from Sam Peckinpah’s films seem to bubble and swell out of the filmmaker’s subconscious – what Freud called ‘the dream state’. Time and again he abandons chronological continuity and traditional film grammar in favour of the figurative. He has non-linear sequences instead of non-linear narratives, and deconstructs the very medium of cinema itself in an aggressively proto-Godardian fashion.

Padman: A Visual Therapy for De-Schooling Menstruation

By Aamir Qayoom
Little did one expect that the film Padman will take the issue as visual therapy to recondition mental geographies of people about menstruation taboos! Little did we prognosticate that it will take menstruation away from whispers, and promote thinking to stay free from wry smiles of awkwardness!